TrawlerFest Baltimore Learning Aboard the Liberty Ship John W. Brown By Captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell You’ll find a treasure trove of trawlers at HarborView Marina in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during Trawlerfest Baltimore.
dmit it. You are curious about us trawler types. Some of you may even confess to reading this column each month—dare we say—even look forward to what you can learn about trawlers from us non-sailors. Don’t worry. Your secret is safe with us. But if you still want to learn more from a range of marine industry specialists then mark your calendar for Sept. 24-29 and TrawlerFest Baltimore— the ultimate boat show for everything trawler. What is TrawlerFest and how is it different than all other boat shows? Way back in the January issue of SOUTHWINDS we detailed TrawlerFest and TrawlerFest University in its Florida location, but Baltimore will be even more exciting…so hold on and we’ll hit the highlights! At every TrawlerFest event you have oodles of options on how you want to learn about new and used trawlers and all the supporting equipment that make cruising fun. Of course, you can just go to the in-water boat show at TrawlerFest and experience everything from trailerable 25-footers to sleek 60-plus-foot cruising trawlers. Want something more? TrawlerFest University (TFU) begins two days before the TrawlerFest boat show and provides more intensive classes for the trawler fan, including both the actual trawler owner and the wannabe. If seminars are your thing, during the Thursday through Sunday TrawlerFest you can attend seminars in the mornings and see boats in the afternoons. Just select a few specific presentations to attend, or for the whole shebang you should register for the Ultimate TrawlerFest Experience with total access to every seminar, cocktail party and demonstration. TrawlerFest 101 You’ll find a treasure trove of trawlers at HarborView Marina in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from Sept. 26-29. Before you go down to the docks, take a stroll through the vendors’ booth area where you can chat about everything marine: from specialty anchors to marine insurance, new boat building to upgrading in a boatyard. If you don’t know what type of anchor will hold your boat well enough to sleep soundly on the hook, then come to TrawlerFest. Discover, touch and even practice with an assortment of anchors made from iron, steel and composite materials. You can even test some of the most comfortable helm seats and compare pricing to help with your budget. 34
Of course, you’ll want to spend a lot of time viewing the variety of trawlers docked for this event. Here’s your chance to climb aboard that 44-foot semi-displacement trawler you’ve been eyeing in the trade journals. Whether you have a new trawler in your future or already own the perfect boat, it is always a blast to see the latest technology in the marine industry. So take your time and explore to your heart’s content for four days of boating bliss. TrawlerFest University is for the Lifelong Learner Are you an intensive learner? Then before the in-water show begins, you will want to attend TrawlerFest University. Stop what you are doing right now and go preregister for two eight-hour days of TrawlerFest University courses Tuesday and Wednesday Sept. 24-25. These comprehensive courses are space-limited and fill up quickly! When you select a TrawlerFest University course, you are immersed in trawlerspecific topics, and there’s plenty of opportunity for asking questions of the professionals teaching these sought-after classes. If you and your mate come from different backgrounds, you may each want to attend a different University course. Whether you know trawlers, sailboats or are starting with a blank slate, you can talk everything about diesel engines with Bob Smith while your mate attends a two-day Marine Electric Workshop with Captain John McDevitt. The female crew member attending “Women Aboard” University will be much more self-assured the next time she ventures out on a boat trip. And for those who want to learn together as captain and mate, we teach “Building Cruising Confidence as a Couple,” offering tricks and tips for boathandling with an emphasis on teamwork. This particular University course allows you to join just a few other couples aboard a cruising trawler, everyone having a turn at the wheel, in the engine room and line-handling on deck. After the University students’ graduation, the showboats start to arrive at the dock, and the four days of TrawlerFest officially kick off. Seminars Aboard the Liberty Ship John W. Brown Worried about getting bored sitting in a traditional classroom setting? Fear not! All TrawlerFest seminars will be held aboard the World War II Liberty ship, the John W. Brown. Regardless of which trawler topics you sign up for, you can’t www.southwindsmagazine.com
Published on Oct 15, 2014